Why should my student join a Greek organization?
At the University of Arizona, we take great pride in our Greek organizations and all that they stand for. College can be so much more than just classes and homework; it is also a time for growth and development. Greek Life can foster the education of the whole person. Having your student be a part of a Greek organization means several things.
Long Lasting Friendships
One of the most mentioned aspects of Greek Life is the friendship that exists between members of a chapter: undergraduate and alumni/ae. Greek Life promotes the development of close ties between members through living, studying, working, competing and having fun together. These lifetime relationships go beyond ordinary friendships to become like that of a family. Going Greek gives your student the opportunity to meet people and make special friendships that will last a lifetime.
Academics are important in Greek Life, and are consistently promoted by chapters from recruitment to graduation. The resources that Greeks can provide include scholarship awards, study sessions and tutoring assistance. Many chapters and inter/national Greek organizations recognize and reward their members' scholastic excellence. Additionally, according to retention data, members of Greek organizations are more likely to complete their college degree than their non-Greek counterparts.
Leadership & Campus Involvement
Membership in a Greek organization is one of the best ways to become involved at the University of Arizona. Many of the ASUA leaders and officers of numerous other organizations on campus are involved with the Greek community. Those members already involved in campus activities can assist fellow Greeks in taking an active leadership role on the University of Arizona campus. Not only can members participate in campus-wide activities, but also in many other leadership opportunities within each chapter and the respective Greek councils. Research has shown that involved college students are more likely to graduate and report greater satisfaction with their overall college experience. All Greek organizations are working examples of a democracy in action. This is often the first time that members are responsible for their own activities and living within their means. This provides an excellent opportunity to experience leadership and the responsibility of membership. Greeks are also involved in campus wide organizations such as career-oriented clubs, honor societies, religious groups, and intramural sports.
Community Service & Philanthropic Participation
Greeks take pride in giving their time to local and national philanthropies and completing numerous community service projects in the local Tucson Community. Service and philanthropy provide chapter members with the opportunity to support many causes. Greeks work together on projects not only to serve the community but also to foster personal growth and greater unity among the Greek community. The University of Arizona Greek community raises over $200,000 and donates some 20,000 hours of Community service benefiting the Tucson community as well as their own inter/national organizations.
While academic achievement is the primary reason to attend the U of A, there is a time for social interaction. U of A’s Greek Community always provides fun activities for its members. Social and recreational activities give you the opportunity to meet a variety of people and to strengthen the bonds of friendship at the same time. Formals, theme parties, and Greek sponsored events bring fraternities and sororities together in a fun and relaxed environment. Participation in traditional events, such as Homecoming, Greek Week and philanthropic events, demonstrates Greek unity and spirit.